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Rod and line: Alastair lays down Law to fellow Larne boys

By Vic Thomas

Anglers from Larne and District SAC enjoyed a three-day fishing trip at Enniscrone, Co Sligo.

The first day saw the lads cast beach rods before the following days were spent on the 36ft "Leah" skippered by Donal Kennedy.

Enniscrone Bay contains an abundance of fish and the club members landed a fantastic grand total of 15 different species, including thornback ray, painted ray, cuckoo ray, spotted ray, sand dabs, large ling, cod, three species of gurnard, pouting, wrasse and pollack.

Alastair Law took the congratulations for winning the shore competition and Jimmy McIlhenney took top place in the two-day boat competition with his fine collection of different species, some almost specimen weight. Samuel Auld was a close second and third was Gannon Robinson.

The Larne club are holding an Open Shore Beach Competition at Carnlough tonight from 7pm until 12am.

Sponsored by Larne Borough Council, there will be fantastic zoned prizes and everyone is welcome to take part. However, juniors must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Meanwhile, great water conditions were enjoyed this week on Donegal's Owenea river, where there was good water heights each day.

Fifty-eight rods were on the bank and there was a good catch of salmon with Anne McMenamin recording a 3lb 8oz grilse on spinner from beat four and Jim McLean grassing three grilse to 5lb on spinner from beat eight.

Michael Wilson registered a 5lb grilse on fly from beat five, while Carl Weathers tempted a grilse of 4lb 8oz on fly from beat seven. Alan Mooney also logged a 4lb 8oz grilse on fly from beat eight and Belfast's Billy Blair registered a 4lb grilse on fly, again from beat eight.

Michael McLaughlin reported a 5lb 8oz grilse on fly from beat nine while Bart McHugh recorded a similar fish on spinner from beat eight. Robert McCleary logged a 5lb grilse on spinner from beat eight and Neil Gallagher registered a 5lb 4oz grilse on spinner from beat nine.

Last Friday and Saturday were profitable, with McLaughlin taking another grilse of 4lb 8oz on fly from beat nine.

Fergal Mallon bagged a brace of grilse at 5lb and 3lb on fly from beat eight and James Mackel accounted for a grilse of 4lb on spinner from beat nine.

To finish the week, Sunday saw Dietrich Bonhorst reporting a 7lb salmon on fly from beat three and Raymond Crawford bagged a 7lb salmon on worm from beat eight.

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